Tuesday, November 18, 2014

U.S. Marshals Arrest Home Invasion Suspect

Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal Robert W. Mathieson announces the capture of Joven (Jovon) Covington. Covington was wanted for a home invasion that occurred in August 2013 in Norfolk. According to investigators, Covington and another individual entered a home and robbed the five individuals inside. During the robbery, gun shots were exchanged, and four individuals were struck, all with non-life threatening injuries. Covington’s co-defendant in this case, Trenton Ore, recently received a 43 year jail sentence for this crime.

Covington was indicted by a Norfolk Grand Jury in August of this year. According to detectives, Covington was aware of this indictment, and fled to North Carolina to evade prosecution. Late last night, Covington’s time on the run ended as task force officers conducted a traffic stop on a suspected vehicle. The driver attempted to give arresting officers a fake Alaska driver’s license. Undeterred, the officers did their due diligence and were able to positively identify the driver as Joven Covington. Covington is in the Norfolk City Jail awaiting his next court appearance.

The U.S. Marshals led task force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency—which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year— arrested more than 36,050 federal fugitives arrested more than 36,050 federal fugitives, 74,000 state and local fugitives and 11,800 sex offenders in 2013. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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